I will not tell you that lentils are an excellent source of protein, slow carbohydrates, fiber and many nutrients it is. I want to briefly talk about lentil species (some of them much better to use), so you can competently introduce it into your diet.
So, the three main parameters:
1. The size of grains (lentils sometimes small, sometimes large).
2. Processing grains.
2.1. Grains come in the shell, are already treated without it, and there are unwrapped and chopped, that is crushed grain.
2.2. Seeds in the shell keep their shape, do not boil soft and perfect for side dishes, salads, for stews, for soups, which need whole beans.
2.3. Grain without a shell – soft and well suited for soups, mashed for side dishes in the form of mashed potatoes, to cereals, to sauces, spreads, dips.
Varieties are very many, they, perhaps, understand only a botanist, but the average person could remember are the main types of lentils, which we offer manufacturers:
3.1. Brown (the most popular variety-representative – Spanish Pardina).
This variety in the shell – don’t fall apart, it is recommend to soak before cooking. I put it in meat soups and stews, in salads, as a garnish, too.
3.2. Green is unripe brown.
Everything is the same as with brown, but only soak it is not necessary.
Separately say about the French green Puy variety. She has a small grain green-black marble color, the taste is very pleasant. Pay attention to her.
3.3. Yellow is the green beans without shell.
The taste is very pleasant, a little nutty. Fall apart quickly, so it is suitable for dishes requiring a consistency (mashed potatoes, thick soups, porridge, sauces, etc.).
3.4. Red/pink (Egyptian) – it is brown lentil without skin.
As yellow and fall apart quickly, even faster. Apply similarly. Keep in mind that in the process of cooking it becomes yellow.
3.5. Black (Beluga).
This is the most glamorous kind of lentils, like Beluga caviar. Lentils in the shell, do not fall apart, but quite tender and tasty. Perfect as a garnish and in salads.
Thus, knowing just these basics, you can properly choose what kind of lentils to use. I recommend to try each variety to determine from taste preferences.